This little bit if happy news is from The Birding Community E-Bulletin.

In a refreshing move of bipartisanship, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) recently introduced the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act. The bill (H.R. 2542) is designed to amend title 40 of the United States Code to direct the General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public Federal buildings.

It is believed that as many as a billion birds a year currently die in collisions with buildings in North America alone. Achieving city-by-city, county-by-county, or even state-by-state compliance in assuring bird-safe design and seasonal lighting is an excellent conservation approach, and so is asking for state-government, company-wide, and now Federal policy to engage in this endeavor.

The bill calls for each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration to incorporate, to the maximum extent possible, bird-safe building materials and design features. Many bird-friendly design techniques – such as installing screens or grilles on windows, and minimizing the use of glass on lower floors – are already used in some federal buildings to control heat and light or building security. Where practicable, this new legislation would require GSA to take similar actions on existing buildings.

“By pursuing cost-neutral, responsible, and realistic solutions we can play an important role in preserving the intrinsic, cultural, and ecological value birds bring to our society,” Rep. Quigley said. “This bill will put an emphasis on constructing buildings with bird-safe materials and design features, which in turn will help eradicate unnecessary bird deaths caused by collisions with glass.”

You can read a statement by Rep. Quigley here:

And also see comments from the American Bird Conservancy here:

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